We had an excellent tour of the Normandy area with Richard. He was punctual (arrived a few minutes early), accommodated our tour needs (visiting the Canadian beaches), and was very informative. He also tried to look after our needs as the tour progressed (made sure we were able to get in and out of the vehicle, temperature was OK, had adequate water), and tried to look after the individual needs of the group (including 2 teenagers). I highly recommend him as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello I always like to guide Canadians on the beaches, as my town was liberated on June 6th by Canadian troups. It's always a pleasure to guide on those historical beaches, especially when I have such an intetested family with me. I also had a great time guiding you around. It was a very pleasant for me and wish you all good back home. Richard
Victor BabinUnited States
We had Richard for the Normandy beaches and it was outstanding. Richard is very knowledgeable and professional. We had 2 kids with us and he was very patient. It was the best tour we had in our lives. Richard was excellent. He made the trip more than worthwhile.
Bryan GreenUnited States
We had an amazing three days with our guide Richard. He was one of the best guides! He was kind, courteous, and Professional and extremely knowledgeable and a true gentlemen! We would highly recommend him to anybody!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a great tour for me also. In three days I had time to show some of the most interesting part of Normandy and it's history.
Rachel DevereauxUnited States
Richard was an amazing guide. He was very professional from the moment we stepped off the train to the moment he dropped us off in Bayeux. We were overwhelmed at the extent of his knowledge. As we visited various sites we could envision the events at Normandy as they happened by the detailed descriptions and accounts he provided at every location. There is no way we would have been able to grasp the magnitude and depth of the events at Normandy without Richard as our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to guide such enthusiastic visitor as Rachel and her friends. I had a very nice day guiding and enjoyed also the day.
John AdamsUnited States
Our guide was top of the charts!! Very professional, knowledgeable and his explanation added incite to what we experienced. He pointed out key points and was very good at directing us "around" the not critical points that can be observed in the location we visited. We would & will recommend our guide to anyone visiting these sacred locations in Normandy, France.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the compliment. It's always a pleasure to guide you as you showed so much enthusiasm in those sites. You where so much interested in the sites, that it gave me great feeling. I also thanks you for this day.
Joseph S.United States
My wife and two children, ages 15 and 13, spent a half day tour with Richard in June and had a wonderful time. Richard is very knowledgeable and passionate about D-day history. While the entire tour was great, I wanted to highlight the time we spent at the German cemetery where we reviewed a wall map and learned so much about the different invasion paths. Also, his van microphone set up was very helpful as we talked history while we traveled to the different locations. Overall we had a great tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I always like to show the beaches to a family. Especially when the kids are teenagers it's a challenge to interest the kids in WWII history. But on this tour, all where so interested, that it was a pleasure to guide you.
Chris AllenUnited States
Richard was an essential part of our successful Normandy visit to understand and appreciate the events of June, 1944. He is a patient, knowledgeable, well educated guide and a very worthwhile resource to get the most out of a limited-time visit. We highly recommend him intellectually and for his comfortable driving skills and language fluency to anyone wishing to get questions answered and receive a good background in history, tactics and operations for the Normandy landings. Chris and Carol Allen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chris and Carol where very enthusiastic listeners, so it was a pleasure to guide them on the D-Day beaches.I always enjoy guiding enthusiastic visitors and I hope to br able to bring over the courage all those young men had on June 6th 1944.
Alan MecklerUnited States
Richard was an excellent tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable, personable and very interesting. The weather was not the best and he still made it a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes the weather was unfortunately nearly as bad as the young and courageous soldier had when they landed on June 6th 1944. It gave to the tour a much more emotional aspect as Alan and his group where able to understand the enormous difficulties those young men had to win over their enemies. Alan and his group where also a fantastic listener and it's always fun for a guide to have such interested groups when you tour on the D-Day beaches.
Meegan PagliaruloUnited States
We did this tour in April. We are still talking about it. I thought I knew my history about World War II I did not
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: As a historian, I like to show the beaches to historically interested visitors. I liked to guide you on the beaches as you were so much interested in WWII history.
John FitchUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. I had also a great day showing you around.
Ed HawleyUnited States
Richard met my wife, my 18 year old son and me at the Caen train station as we were staying in Paris (the train ride was 1hr 50min). We learned so much about the land, the people, the culture and of course the history and backstories regarding D-Day. Walking through the places and having a personal history "coach" was incredibly effective in learning/retaining the knowledge and there is no way we would have seen/done as much as we did without Richard. I strongly recommend this incredible experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the compliment. It was a pleasure to guide you around as you were very interested in the history of Normandy and not only in the D-Day events. I always enjoys to guide very interested guest around the D-Day beaches and Normandy.
Larry GarrettUnited States
Richard really was a pleasure. His half-day tour was well thought out as we efficiently moved from one site to another without disruption and at an appropriate pace. His knowledge of D-Day history is impressive. But what made the greatest impression on us was how he took care to involve our kids (ages 26 and 24) in all of the discussions and made the tour relevant to them. All in all, this was perhaps the most memorable day of a fantastic trip. Thank you, Richard!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's always a pleasure to guide a family with kids. I like to transmit to the younger generations the heroic acts of all those young servicemen who came to Normandy in 1944 to liberate us, French citizen, and all of western Europe.
Heidi DuncanUnited States
Our group rates tour with the highest rating: 5. Richard exceeded my expectations providing a wealth of information with an enthusiastic attitude. We his attention to detail making history come alive. I learned more in this half day tour than in school! Thanks Richard!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Heidi, I'm very happy, that you like the tour so much. I also enjoyed the half day as you where exceptionally interested guest. It's always a pleasure to guide visitors to The D'Day beaches who show so much interest in World War II history. Thanks again for you very kind comment.
Richard GowenUnited States
I want to give a 5 star review for our tour guide Richard, who gave us a wonderful 1/2 day tour of the Normandy Beach area - Utah and Omaha beaches and the American cemetery. This tour was the highlight of our trip to France in October. Richard is a great historian and very personable. We felt like we were with a family member. We have recommended this tour and ToursByLocals.com to many of our friends since our return. We will use you again. Nancy and Dick Gowen, Rapid City, South Dakota.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Nancy and Dick, it was a real pleasure to guide you a you showed so much enthusiasms on visiting the D-Day sites. I did enjoy as much guiding you as you did travelling with me. I hope to see you again to see more of Normandy.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're so pleased you had a wonderful time with Richard - and thank you for recommending ToursByLocals to your friends! We look forward to introducing you to many more excellent guides for your future trips.
Ann DeVoeUnited States
We had a tour of Normandy on Sept 25 with Richard H and he was charming, flexible and energetic throughout the entire day !!!! A 5-star experience !!! We would request him again ! Thank you !!! Ann DeVoe
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ann, many thanks for the good rating. It has been a pleasure to guide you around, as you where so much interested in the history of the D-Day sites. I also had a great day.
Leslie JandoliUnited States
In all my years of traveling, Richard was unquestionably the best guide which I ever had the good fortune to experience. He was engaging, illuminating, and warm. Our group of four all raved over him. I will certainly recommend him and Tours By Locals to any one visiting Normandy and the D-Day Beaches. By the way, his vehicle was spotless and had more than ample room.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Leslie, thanks a lot for the compliments. It was also for me a very pleasant day as I always enjoy to guide such enthusiastic visitors as yourself through Normandy.
Katie ZimmermanUnited States
Richard was great. My husband and I and our three teenage boys took the tour. He was incredibly informative, conscientious of our needs, and helpful at the end of our trip making sure we got on our way properly. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt very enlightened from his knowledge. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the compliments Kathie. It was a great pleasure to guide your family and I enjoyed the day guiding you trough the D-Day sites.
Ellen CheekUnited States
Richard is a phenomenal tour guide. He accommodated our needs and interests, was great with our children (ages 9 and 11), and is able to impart his vast knowledge in a manner that is thoroughly engaging and informative. Thank you, Richard, for making our trip to Normandy such an enjoyable and memorable experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Ellen, for the compliments. It was a great pleasure to guide your family trough the D-Days sites and I was happy to explain some of the events of the 6th of June.
Doug EvansUnited States
Richard was great. Really helped our family (my wife and I and 2 teenagers) visualize D-Day and the events surrounding this historic event. He also gave us a wonderful history of WWII. Extremely accommodating and helpful. I use an electric scooter and he was great in helping us get around. THANK YOU!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Doug for the compliments. It was a pleasure to show you around so you could visualize the D-Day events.
Roger HennekeUnited States
Christopher PhinneyUnited States
Richard was excellent! We booked a half day tour of the Normandy D-Day sites and could not have been more pleased! Richard met us as soon as we stepped off the train and had the time well planned with an appropriate pace for everything we wanted to do. His knowledge of the sites is vast and his commentary is exceptional! We saw areas we would not have seen without him. We highly recommend Richard to anyone thinking about a tour in the Normandy region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christopher thanks for the compliments, it was really a pleasure to guide you on the D-Day sites. Your deep interest in WWII history made it easy to guide you.
Van P.United States
Richard is the ideal guide. He is fun to be with and so knowledgeable about D-Day and the Beaches as well as the entire Normandy region. He is an excellent communicator and story teller. We felt very fortunate to have him as our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for this excellent rating. It was a real pleasure to pass some of the history of Normandy to you.
Margaret F HopeUnited States
An absolutely wonderful afternoon. Richard was extremely knowledgable about the history of Normandy and the World War II Normandy invasion. We are very pleased with the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It has been a pleasure to guide you on the D-Day beaches and to show you some of the most interesting sites.
Donna O'ConnellUnited States
Very informative. A great knowledge of the events and French history beyond D-Day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the compliment, it was a pleasure to guide you through some of the D-Day sites and to show you a little of Bayeux.
Thom NeffUnited States
Richard was our local guide, and my wife and I found him to be charming, intelligent, and interesting. He was the best person we've encountered in many years of travel; well-informed, and extremely articulate in explaining both the big picture, and little known, but facinating, details of Normandy, the battles, the locals, etc. We will likely return for a more relaxed visit in the future, and we will specifically seek out Richard at that time. Thom and Sue.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the compliment Thomas. It was a pleasure to guide you trough Normandy and passing you my passion for it. Richard
Cynthia LomeUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the good rating. It has been a pleasure to guide you.